In 1913, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Columbia County held its twenty-ninth annual convention at the First Methodist Church in Hudson. During the two-day gathering, one of the topics of discussion was the need for public drinking fountains--especially in Hudson--so that the thirsty wouldn't have to go into bars and saloons to quench their thirst.
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At the 1913 convention in Hudson, the Hudson-Fulton fountain came up in the discussion of the need for public drinking fountains. The following report from the convention appeared in the Hudson Evening Register for October 16, 1913:
The president also mentioned the ridicule that was bestowed on the fountain that was once situated near the Court House, and which was afterward presented to the city by the Daughters of the American Revolution. "These women suffered humiliation in erecting that fountain, not to mention the expense, etc., and they felt very bad when it was ridiculed to such an extent." Mrs. Snyder said "she trusted that if anything like that should again grace our city, it wouldn't be laughed at."
It's still not clear why the Hudson-Fulton fountain, created by H. K. Bush-Brown, a sculptor of no small reputation, was the object of such derision.